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30

Mar

neurosciencestuff:

Physics-minded crows bring Aesop’s fable to life
Eureka! Like Archimedes in his bath, crows know how to displace water, showing that Aesop’s fable The Crow and the Pitcher isn’t purely fictional.
To see if New Caledonian crows could handle some of the basic principles of volume displacement, Sarah Jelbert at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and her colleagues placed scraps of meat just out of a crow’s reach, floating in a series of tubes that were part-filled with water. Objects potentially useful for bringing up the water level, like stones or heavy rubber erasers, were left nearby.
The crows successfully figured out that heavy and solid objects would help them get a treat faster. They also preferred to drop objects in tubes where they could access a reward more easily, picking out tubes with higher water levels and choosing tubes of water over sand-filled ones.
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neurosciencestuff:

Physics-minded crows bring Aesop’s fable to life

Eureka! Like Archimedes in his bath, crows know how to displace water, showing that Aesop’s fable The Crow and the Pitcher isn’t purely fictional.

To see if New Caledonian crows could handle some of the basic principles of volume displacement, Sarah Jelbert at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and her colleagues placed scraps of meat just out of a crow’s reach, floating in a series of tubes that were part-filled with water. Objects potentially useful for bringing up the water level, like stones or heavy rubber erasers, were left nearby.

The crows successfully figured out that heavy and solid objects would help them get a treat faster. They also preferred to drop objects in tubes where they could access a reward more easily, picking out tubes with higher water levels and choosing tubes of water over sand-filled ones.

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09

Mar

sandracl13:

indigoneversleeps:

crazyfilipino:

Godspeed Florida

reblogging for the excellent gif usage.

(Source: m45c)

Benedict Cumberbatch during Lupita’s acceptance speech

(Source: idlers-beatle-dream)

jtotheizzoe:

sci-universe:

The countdown of Cosmos

Tomorrow, it happens.

07

Mar

jtotheizzoe:

artandsciencejournal:

A Form of Happiness: Dopamine

We have all felt the rush and experienced the feeling of happiness, and Speculative Design artist Jessica Charlesworth, along with her husband, Product Designer Tim Parsons, has made it tangible. The couples’ A Form of Happiness project has masterfully resulted in their creation of a wood and magnetic representation of the neurotransmitter responsible for releasing the chemical that fuels our desire for happiness. The effects of the organic chemical, dopamine, are likened to the euphoric feeling and pleasurable physical reaction to things such as searching through sale racks while shopping, enjoying a delicious meal, or the pleasure received from engaging in sexual activity.

A Form of Happiness, displayed as the physical model of dopamine, is part of a kit that allows user to assemble the wooden pieces into the chemical compound strand. Each part is held together by embedded neodymium magnets. The kit includes examples of the various roles that the physical piece could take on and provides a more vivid display of what occurs during moments when dopamine is released. Charlesworth and Parsons pose the question, ‘What makes you happy?’ and while the answers will vary by person, as their model and kit prove, the feeling is the same for everyone. Happiness is a simple chemical reaction we seek it throughout life; a chemical bit of magic. 

Visit Jessica Charlesworth’s Portfolio

- Lee Jones

Art like this makes me happy.

20

Feb

(Source: luzzbightyear)

hakuna-yourtatas:

Winter Olympics 2014

hakuna-yourtatas:

Winter Olympics 2014

(Source: animalgifdaily)

17

Feb

thingsthatwegoogleatwork:


Earl Grey tea is a tea blend with a distinctive flavour and aroma derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit.
Traditionally, the term “Earl Grey” has applied only to black teas that contain oil of bergamot as a flavouring.


Toxicology


In several studies, application of high concentrations of some brands of bergamot oil directly to the skin was shown to increase redness after exposure to ultraviolet light;[23][24] however, this should not apply to ordinary oral consumption of Earl Grey tea. Bergamot is a source of bergamottin which, along with the chemically related compound 6’,7’-dihydroxybergamottin, is known to be responsible for the grapefruit juice effect in which the consumption of the juice affects the metabolism of a variety of pharmaceutical drugs.
In one case study, a patient who consumed four litres of Earl Grey tea per day reported muscle cramps, which were attributed to the function of the bergapten in bergamot oil as a potassium channel blocker. The symptoms subsided upon reducing his consumption of Earl Grey tea to one litre per day.

Who drinks 4 litres of tea a day!?!?!

thingsthatwegoogleatwork:

Earl Grey tea is a tea blend with a distinctive flavour and aroma derived from the addition of oil extracted from the rind of the bergamot orange, a fragrant citrus fruit.

Traditionally, the term “Earl Grey” has applied only to black teas that contain oil of bergamot as a flavouring.

Toxicology

In several studies, application of high concentrations of some brands of bergamot oil directly to the skin was shown to increase redness after exposure to ultraviolet light;[23][24] however, this should not apply to ordinary oral consumption of Earl Grey tea. Bergamot is a source of bergamottin which, along with the chemically related compound 6’,7’-dihydroxybergamottin, is known to be responsible for the grapefruit juice effect in which the consumption of the juice affects the metabolism of a variety of pharmaceutical drugs.

In one case study, a patient who consumed four litres of Earl Grey tea per day reported muscle cramps, which were attributed to the function of the bergapten in bergamot oil as a potassium channel blocker. The symptoms subsided upon reducing his consumption of Earl Grey tea to one litre per day.

Who drinks 4 litres of tea a day!?!?!

jaz-myvetlife:

Apple of Sodom
Name: Solanum sodomaeum
Toxin: Glyco/Steroidal Alkaloids; Solanine
Phys: GIT irritant, crosses BBB- bradycardia, convulsions, coma, Respiratory failure.
Other sources: Green Potato, black berry nightshade,  Kangaroo apple, Sticky tail flower.

jaz-myvetlife:

Apple of Sodom

  • Name: Solanum sodomaeum
  • Toxin: Glyco/Steroidal Alkaloids; Solanine
  • Phys: GIT irritant, crosses BBB- bradycardia, convulsions, coma, Respiratory failure.
  • Other sources: Green Potato, black berry nightshade,  Kangaroo apple, Sticky tail flower.

06

Feb